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Motor Finance Companies Hemorrhaging At Their Own will

Motor Finance Companies Hemorrhaging At Their Own will

In the last 18 months PND International have found an increasing amount of financial companies, are reluctant in recovering vehicles due to their lack luster attitude and their quote "we will conduct our own investigations".

The fact is without industry professionals like PND International with more knowledge and indeed having actual physical experience in the field, these robots whom are sat in an office with no acknowledgement or interest other than i'm here in front of my computer and can conduct investigations from here. Then say you are a 3rd party and due to the DPA (not actually saying due to the Data Protection Act 1998) we are unable to converse any further with you in regards to this case and thank you for your efforts and the information you have provided them, however they will only contact you if needed. If they were to actually take the time and look up your credentials and find out that you are ICO (Information commissioners Office) registered as a Data Controller, then not only would the DOLT whom you have conversed with understand that you are actually allowed to receive such personal details and that your a professional body trying to help them recover serious amounts of monies.

Upon informing them that if you had not been professional and out of professional etiquette, that they have no Idea that their vehicle had been taken out of the country (2500 miles away in the middle of the Atlantic to be exact) and that you have proof its potentially up for sale whilst on finance or being processed for change of registration in a foreign country. That you have factual evidence of this happening, that you are trying to help them and to give them vital information about the vehicle before it is too late. Where upon the policy holders are fully aware that the finance companies will never be able to trace the vehicle in question.

So the question I ask is   

"Do the Finance companies really bother to undertake their full duties in recovering  deliberately removed or stolen vehicles, that are taken from the uk without consent"

After being in the industry for many years and indeed being unique, in the way that PND International are the only company based in the Canary Islands that are able to help such companies where others are unable too. It has become so frustrating that any organisations/companies can and do operate in such a manner. PND International can register 19 cars in the last 18 months where the finance companies have not reacted and taken your factual evidence, therefore these vehicle remain at large or indeed have been registered as local vehicles where there will never be a case to recover them. Which basically equates to around £380,000 pounds of finance lost. So my actual point is the finance companies are not the losers here, it is the underwriters whom take the loss even without knowing that the finance companies have just pushed the efforts of another to one side so that their work is made easier. Insurance companies act in the same way, as they are only the face of your insurance and a professional sales assistant, operating for the actual financier whom holds all the financial costs.

 "are they are so stupid and incoherent after you have informed them that you are a private investigation company whom is trying to help, that they will not in their professional (term used lightly) minds realise that you just might not of picked their number out of the yellow pages to have a gossip about Mr Smith (no reference to an actual name) has taken the CLS AMG for a 5 year holiday without telling you"

If there are any documentary companies interested in finding out the actual scale of this industry problem and PND's ongoing experiences, then please feel free to contact us where upon we will be happy to converse with you.

How much longer

How much longer are us professionals needing to wait, so that we can eliminate all the fake/scammers from our indusrty and get back to being a reconised and professional companies providing  secure and enique services.

Regulation of Private Investigations

In 2013 the Home Secretary announced the Government's intention for the SIA to regulate private investigation activities.In December 2014, the Home Office said the Government expects the introduction of the statutory licensing of private Investigation activities to come into force as soon as possible during the next Parliamentary session, which starts in May 2015.The SIA will continue to work with the Home Office, which has responsibility for introducing the regulation of the private investigation sector. In advance of the regulation date, we will engage with the security industry to update our 'Get Licensed' criteria, and we will continue to publicise widely further information about the proposed regulation of private investigations.We will also provide information on likely timings once these are agreed with the Home Office.Who Will Need a Licence?The Private Security Industry Act 2001 defines the licensable activities of private investigations. The Home Office intends to review this definition to ensure that it remains fit for purpose. Questions relating to whether specific activities will be licensable in future should therefore be directed to the Home Office.According to the Act you will need an SIA licence if you are involved in any surveillance, inquiries or investigations that are carried out for the purposes of:

  • obtaining information about a particular person or about the activities or whereabouts of a particular person; or
  • obtaining information about the circumstances in which, or means by which, property has been lost or damaged.

Anyone involved in providing contracted private investigation services will require a licence. This includes employees, employers, managers, supervisors and directors*or partners of private investigation companies. It is unclear if the Home Office will also wish us to regulate 'in-house' private investigations.*For the purposes of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, "director" means executive and non-executive directors, shadow directors, parent company directors and corporate entities holding a directorship.According to the Act, the following activities will not require a licence:

  • activities exclusively for the purposes of market research;
  • activities exclusively concerned with a credit check;
  • professional activities of practising solicitors and Barristers;
  • professional activities of practising accountants;
  • professional activities of journalists and broadcasters, and activities exclusively relating to obtaining information for journalists and broadcasters;
  • activities exclusively relating to reference to registers which are open to the public; registers or records to which a person has a right of access; and published works;
  • activities carried out with the knowledge or consent of the subject of the investigation.

PenaltiesThe penalty for working as an unlicensed private investigator will be:
  • upon summary conviction at a Magistrate's Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

The penalty for supplying unlicensed staff will be:
  • upon summary conviction at a Magistrate's Court, Sheriff Court or District Court, a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.
  • upon conviction on indictment at Crown Court, High Court of Justiciary or Sheriff and jury trial, an unlimited fine and/or up to five years imprisonment.

Information is not always free

Last week I was given some interesting information from a very reliable and trustworthy contact, with details of a wanted criminal. Not only is the information I received 100% correct, this has been verified by a fellow Investigator. So following the correct procedures to inform the correct constabulary, which I have done on many other occasions. There is of course rewards for information given, once the subject has been re-arrested and charged. Lets face facts this is all part of being an Investigator and that is how we earn part of our money.

However upon informing the correct constabulary about me having such information, I was told that I would have to wait for call from the correct team leading the enquiry. This is not uncommon with the police, so I waited for that return call. It is now over a week since I contacted the relevant constabulary, with regards to a wanted criminal and that I have information on the whereabouts of the subject. 

I feel that the recent cut backs in finances which are given to the police force and other authorities, is helping certain criminals to freely abscond. There also seems to be a lack of zeal in the authorities actions, to actually want to catch a known criminal and take them of the streets for everyone's safety. 

I feel that the general public are being let down by these authorities, because the people in power think that our money is better spent elsewhere. Our police force now have to follow many PC friendly attitudes and orders, from people whom have never spent a day on the beat. What ever happened to the hard faced bobby that was feared and actually appreciated, by both criminals and the public and actually kept our streets calm by using both their knowledge and experiences.

The general public are now seen as a free information gathering tool, which can have a dramatic influence to certain cases. Especially when some of the information has not been professionally cross checked and indeed looked into, but taken as a genuine statement by a true witness. 

Daily news article's cause harm to Professional Private Investigators

 Good afternoon,

 I just thought I would share my views, after reading an article today, in a national news paper about Private Investigators. 

The Role of a Private Investigator

In recent months, the name of private investigators has been dragged through the mud. Almost daily the media seems to come up with another tale of a corrupt investigator, or an unethical use of the tools of the industry: an industry that was really created to help. Whilst hacking cases and private detectives/investigators writing books on their clients shows the troubled side of the industry, they do not represent the reality of an investigator's role. What they do represent is the best news story.

When real private Investigators read stories of books being released detailing the inner most details of a clients case, or of their supposed colleagues using their skills to hack the mobile phone of a missing teenage girl, their only reaction is to recoil with horror. These practices are an abuse of the trade, a black mark on a good name.In reality, the main role of a private investigator is to help. To provide the skills and knowledge to aid in cases that may seem unsolvable. To complete investigations ethically and to the best of their ability and to assist their clients in whatever they require.


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